Cardiff reduce waste collection to meet 58% recycling target

29 July by


Cardiff Council are making changes in their waste collection as they strive to meet the 58% recycling target set by the Welsh Government.

From 27 July 2015, refuse collection changes will come into play - Residents living in ‘bag areas’ of the city will now have be limited to three red-striped bags per fortnight in which to dispose of their residual waste.  The council has warned that any householders who continue to put out black sacks that their waste will not be picked up by collection crews.

In other parts of the city, the council has started replacing 240-litre wheeled bins with smaller, 140L containers for refuse collections. These residents are also receiving new reusable sacks for garden waste.

Elsewhere, some 4,000 households that have traditionally put out bags for collection have also received 140L wheeled bins to dispose of their refuse.

Recycling collections remain unaffected.

Residents who flout the new rules could face a £100 fine.

In 2013/14, Cardiff’s recycling rate fell from 52.1% to 49.7%, making it the only Welsh council to drop below last year’s statutory target of 52%.

Councillor Bob Derbyshire, cabinet member for the environment, said he was aware that ‘a few residents’ had not welcomed the service change but argued 75% of those surveyed had agreed to expand the use of wheeled bins on the city.